U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., speaks during a hearing on Sept. 26, 2018.
Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File
Photo: AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File

Isakson released from inpatient rehab after breaking ribs 

Republican will continue outpatient work, doctor expects “full recovery” 

The three-term Republican “is making good progress in his recovery” and will continue endurance work with his doctors on an outpatient basis, his office said in a statement. 

“I’m looking forward to sleeping in my own bed and will remain focused on making a full recovery so I can get back to work,” Isakson said. 

The 74-year-old spent six days in an inpatient rehabilitation program at Marietta’s WellStar Kennestone Hospital after being hospitalized in Washington on July 16. 

Isakson has Parkinson’s disease, which limits his balance and mobility. 

He’ll miss the Senate’s final week of votes before its annual August recess. That includes expected consideration of a $320 billion budget deal and confirmation of a Georgia-based federal district judge. 

Isakson’s office said the Republican plans to return to Washington when the chamber reconvenes after Labor Day. In the meantime, his team will assess his condition week by week to determine when he can get back to work in Georgia.   

Vimala Nair, Isakson’s doctor at WellStar, said the senator “has made great progress” in recent days. 

“We expect him to make a full recovery,” Nair said. 

A four-decade veteran of elected Georgia politics, Isakson has served in the U.S. Senate since 2005. He won his third term in 2016 and isn’t up for re-election until 2022.

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